Nothing says autumn in Alberta like spending the afternoon lost in a corn maze or wandering through a pumpkin patch. Luckily for Calgarians, there are six locations in and around the city with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and tons of fun fall activities just waiting for your family to explore. Our family is on a mission to visit each of these locations before the snow gets here – which one’s at the top of your list?
Calgary Corn Maze
284022 Township Rd 224, Rocky View No. 44
The Calgary Corn Maze has the biggest corn maze in Southern Alberta, which is almost the size of 10 football fields! The maze consists of 2 phases, each of which takes between 30-45 minutes to complete. The maze is open for exploration during the day, Thursday to Sunday (check the website for times). There’s even a mini-maze that takes about 15 minutes for little adventurers to complete. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin for baking, carving, or putting on display, the Calgary Corn Maze has a huge selection of perfect pumpkins for purchase. There are also tons of fun things to do including low ropes, ball toss, a playground and more attractions!
254077 Rocky Ridge Rd NW, Calgary, AB
Gather the kiddos, hop on a tractor-pulled hay wagon and get ready for Harvest Pumpkin Fest every weekend in October at Butterfield Acres! Enjoy great animal visits, get some fabulous fall photo-ops, take the kids on a pony ride, check out the ride thru Scarecrow Alley in the back woodlands and so much more.
316034 32 St E, Okotoks, AB
Kayben Farms is a place where the whole family can easily spend an entire day. In addition to their regular attractions at the Sunshine Adventure Park such as farm animals, a gigantic slide, a climbing wall, a pedal kart track, swings, “Berry Bounces”, a bouncy castle, and more, Kayben Farms has something special happening most weekends this fall. Enjoy picnic lunches for families, pumpkin painting and wagon rides (starting in October) and more!
Cobb’s Adventure Park
1500 84 St NE, Calgary, AB
Pumpkin Palooza begins on October 3 and takes place every Saturday and Sunday (and Thanksgiving Monday) in October at Cobb’s Adventure Park. Wander through the patch to find the perfect pumpkin to take home for Halloween carving, and get a few fall photos while you’re at it! For the perfect photo-op, why not get one of the princesses visiting the Adventure Park to join in? Cobb’s Adventure Park has tons of fun attractions to keep your family busy outside of pumpkin collecting – try out the giant hill slides, pedal carts, blacklight mini-golf, a climbing wall, the ropes course and the bouncy world, among other fun activities. It’s an event for the whole family that you won’t want to miss!
226066 112 Street West, Foothills No. 31
AppleFest is coming to Granary Road on September 26th and 27th, which is fun for the whole family. Get all kinds of varieties, make your own caramel apples or make a beautiful globe terrarium, check out the old school traditional apple cider pressing, an apple-peeling contest and fun in the park, too! Plus, on October 16th to 19th, Granary Road will be hosting their annual Pumpkin Fest, where visitors are invited to join in on a pumpkin hunt as well as pumpkin carving. Many of the offerings at the market will be pumpkin-themed, and the smell of fall is sure to be in the air outside at the Active Learning Park, which you and your kids definitely won’t want to miss. Kids will love the exhibits with a variety of themes including the ant farm adventure, arachnid web, beehive honeycomb, orchard treehouse, and more. There are also lots of cute and cuddly animals to visit and pet, including pigs, peacocks, ducks, ponies, alpacas, bunnies, kittens, goats, just to name a few!
Range Rd 14, Bowden, AB
Bowden Sunmaze has three different mazes for visitors to explore, one of which is made up of over 100,000 organically grown sunflowers! Sadly, the sunflowers will only be around until the end of September at the latest, so if you’re looking for an incredible photo op, you’ll want to get there soon (reserve tickets online ahead to ensure that the flowers are still in bloom). There is also an 8-acre corn maze made up of stalks that are 5-6 feet tall, as well as a brand new willow tree maze.
Does your family have a favourite pumpkin patch or corn maze to visit? Do you plan on checking out one of the six on our list? Fill us in in the comments!